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“We have 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. In this situation, our real job in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we have to dispense with all sentimentality…we should cease thinking about human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation.”

George Kennan, US Cold War Planner, 1948

“I use very big money. I use guns, too. The bums who insist on double-crossing me know what they are up against. City Hall understands what I’m saying. At least I hope they do.”
Al Capone, American Mafia Gangster